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‘Jane’ wins The Body in the Library category at the Scarlet Stiletto Awards

This year I entered the Sisters in Crime Australia Scarlet Stiletto Awards for the very first time. The awards, hosted by Sisters in Crime and a number of generous sponsors, are for crime stories written by Australian women and with female protagonists.

I am absolutely thrilled to have received the Body in the Library first place with my ghost story, ‘Jane’.

An Australian Literature research student meets a ghost in a state-of-the-art private library on a remote bush property. She tries to unravel the mystery of the ghost’s origins while the dangers of the present, both human and natural, loom.

The awards night was fabulous! Most of the 26 shortlisted authors (out of 186 entrants) were there, some coming from interstate. Jane Clifton was a marvellous MC, and did a fantastic interview with the ever-lovely Sigrid Thornton (with whom she co-starred in the iconic TV series Prisoner).

Congratulations to all my fellow short-listed authors, and category winners! Huge thanks to Sisters in Crime and the award sponsors, especially the fabulous Athenaeum Library!

A big thank you too to Lindy Cameron, who looked me in the eye when I told her I’d never written for the awards and instructed me, in no uncertain terms, that this year I had to enter.

Books and Publishing has a full list of the winning entries.

If you’d like to read ‘Jane’ and the other award-winning stories, you can pick up Scarlet Stiletto: The Ninth Cut 2017:

You can also find out more about the awards at Sisters in Crime.

News: Horror story sale to Jay Henge

I’m delighted to announce that my short horror story, “Passive Aggressive”, has been accepted for Jay Henge’s next anthology, Myths, Monsters, Muations.

I’ve also had a science fiction story accepted for their following anthology, Wavelengths, though the cover isn’t yet available for that one.

Jay Henge creates entertaining themed anthologies. I have works in two other anthologies – “Death’s Door” in Intrepid Horizons about a young poet’s odd relationship with the Grim Reaper, and “Show and Tell” in Encounters – where it’s a possessed mummy hand versus Class 1B and the odds are pretty even.

I’m not sure yet of the release date for Myths, Monsters, Mutations, but in the meantime you can find these other JayHenge anthologies: